Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 23:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Two weeks ago, as I was busy finding out in Vegas that double-shot frozen cocktails are a really stupid idea, a small Finnish startup unveiled their mobile operating system: Jolla unveiled Sailfish. With a strong focus on the Chinese market, the company is aiming to offer serious competition to Android's dominance of the smartphone market.
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There will never be "Cyanogenmod-like" custom roms for Sailfish, because all their UI-stuff is proprietary and will be developed behind closed doors, like the Swipe-UI, it is exactly the same model as with the N9, The base is truely open but ontop there is proprietary secret sauce.
You might be able to install Mer with Nemo-UI or some other UI on a Sailfish phone, but the Sailfish UI is very much proprietary. They said so from the beginning,

Google "open core software" .. IMHO Android real FOSS(the thrown-over-the-wall-type), while open core is just marketing and really means "we-take-what-need-and-keep-our-stuff-closed"

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shmerl Member since:

This is incorrect. Jolla are still deciding how open their UI should be. See this discussion for example: (or if they finished deciding, they didn't publish any further details yet).

In the best case it can be fully open. Their further plans are to make the UI swappable, so you could install fully open Nemo UX on top of the common middleware for example with Sailfish (they already basically share Mer Core + Nemo middleware).

See also: (which is a future direction of Nemo and potentially Sailfish).

Edited 2012-12-05 03:13 UTC

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kragil Member since:

That are just delay tactics to appease the unwashed Twitter masses.

In a more private setting they clearly said that the UI will stay proprietary:

There is also an interview with the CEO or someone saying the same ... but I can't be bothered to find it.

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